I have been waiting forever to talk about Ashiatsu!
Recently, I have taken a DeepFeet course in Ashiatsu to add to my list of specialties!
But, what is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a practice of massage therapy where the practitioner uses overhead bars over a massage table to apply a deep, consistent pressure to the client with their feet! It is also known as a barefoot style massage.
I chose Ashi because I want to practice massage therapy for a long time without pain.
I could provide a deep enough pressure to my clients!
The pressure of Ashiatsu is more consistent and deep, without being sharp to the client (those darn pointy elbows!).
The practice itself is just so beautiful. It reminds me of a slow, smooth dance.
Why should you try Ashiatsu?
Subjectively, of course: it's amazing! Trust me, as an LMT for over 4 and a half years I have not found a modality that I like more than Ashiatsu.
If you are ticklish - nothing about Ashiatsu is has that feathery touch to tickle you.
If you have a hard time finding a practitioner that provides a deep enough pressure, I would give Ashi a shot!
The deep, consistent pressure activates your parasympathetic system better than a traditional hands-on massage.
Though I have just finished my initial training for this modality, I have a lot more to do before I can start walking on my clients!
Are you ready to give Ashiatsu a try?
Jackie Martin, LMT